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31 Senate Democrats Voted With Republicans To Reopen The Government Without A DACA Deal

Thirty-one Senate Democrats joined Republicans in voting to end the government shutdown, with a final vote of 81-18. The budget will be sent to the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to pass. The measure will fund the government for three weeks.

Democratic supporters and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are disappointed in the vote. The shutdown was supposed to force Republicans to vote on protections for DACA recipients. During the shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he offered President Trump the funding he wants for the border wall. That deal was in exchange for protecting young undocumented people in the U.S. However, they couldn’t come to an agreement.

Despite not reaching a deal with Trump or the Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats largely joined their Republican counterparts to reopen the government with the only concession from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell being a promise to vote on protection for DACA recipients in a few weeks.

“It would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security, and related issues as well as disaster relief, defense funding, health care, and other important matters,” McConnell told the press, according to Huffington Post. “It would be my strong preference for the Senate to consider a proposal that can actually be signed into law, a bipartisan, bicameral group is already negotiating, and I look forward to completion of its work.”

Members of the DACA community feel betrayed by Senate Democrats.

Erika Andiola, the former press secretary for Bernia Sanders, is one of the 800,000 people who have benefited from the DACA program and fought for a pathway to citizenship that doesn’t exist. A vote on The Dream Act would create that pathway to for hundreds of thousands of people like her.

And fellow Democratic politicians are skeptical of the “deal” that was made for the vote.

Both California senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris voted against reopening the government without protections for the DACA community. Senate Democrats and DACA recipients now have to believe that McConnell will bring a vote on DACA in the near future. Some Senate Democrats do not believe this will happen.

“I don’t believe he made any commitment whatsoever and I think it would be foolhardy to believe that he made a commitment,” Harris told Huffington Post.

If you want to see how your senators voted in today’s government shutdown vote, you can click here.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


READ: The U.S. Is Getting Closer To A Government Shutdown As Democrats Demand Action On DACA

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

This past March, according to El Pais, migrants crossed the Rio Grande at an all-time high not seen in the past 15 years. US government reports underlined that a total of 171,000 people arrived at the southern border of the United States in March. Eleven percent were minors who made the journey by themselves.

Reports say that this vulnerable group will continue to grow in size with recent shifts in the Biden administration child immigration policies. Five migrants girls recently found by the river recently became part of this group.

An onion farmer in Quemado recently reported that he found five migrant girls on his land.

The girls were each under the age of seven, the youngest was too small to even walk. Three of the girls are thought to be from Honduras, the other two are believed to have come from Guatemala.​ Jimmy Hobbs, the farmer who found the girls, said that he called the Border Patrol gave the children aid by giving them water and food and putting them in the shade.

“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” Hobbs told US Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) in a New York Post. “Because it got up to 103 yesterday.”

“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife added in their conversation with Gonzalez. “That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering.” 

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Austin Skero II explained of the situation in an interview with ABC 7 Eyewitness News. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

According to reports, the Customs and Border Protection stated that the five girls​ ​will be processed and placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.​

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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